Since 2008, the Ensemble Bolero Berlin has been enriching the musical landscape with fascinating sounds of a unique character. The ensemble’s interpretations of an exquisite, popular repertoire that fits in no stylistic pigeonhole are dark, mysterious, seductive and filled with intense ardour. The group makes music in a line-up that is unique in the world, combining chamber music precision in their playing together with a joy in music-making that is oriented towards jazz.
On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Ensemble Bolero Berlin is presenting a programme with opera: catchy tunes from dramatic works by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, encounter songs composed by Duke Ellington and Astor Piazzolla – in their own instrumental arrangements that provide space for both the ensemble members’ high-energy and virtuoso passion for playing and for individual soloists’ unrepeatable improvisation, inspired simply by the moment of interaction.
The supposedly familiar thus appears in a new musical light, inviting us to embark on an exciting journey through time around the globe. When the guitar clothes the “Lied an den Abendstern” [Ode to the evening star] from Wagner’s Tannhäuser in a nocturnal bolero while the saxophone sings softly, mysteriously shimmering worlds of sound open up beyond the traditional boundaries between classical and popular music.